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Poster: auggie Date: Aug 24, 2004 11:29am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Grateful Dead sound quality

With regards to soundboards, a lot depended on who was doing the recording. In the early '70's and in particular '77 it was Betty Cantor and she really knew how to get a great sounding mix. Quite a few times Dan Healy, the man in charge of the PA, took charge of taping and sometimes he would be too busy taking care of the concert sound to worry about getting a good mix on tape. You also have lineages problems where basically the show is only as good as the weakest link in the chain.

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Poster: Jim F Date: Aug 24, 2004 2:11pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Grateful Dead sound quality

Other issues included the recording media and venues. Reels were mostly used until the late 70's-early 80's, where cassettes were used more often. I once remember Dick Latvala or someone in an interview also talk about how in the early 80's, they were playing some smaller venues that didn't require much reinforcement in the PA of certain instruments, so a 2 track PA tape would be lacking in areas, like quieter vocals or guitars.
Finally, did anyone ever care more about making tape than the Bear???